“Is desiring-production transcendental?”

I’m just now becoming acquainted with the Kantian foundation of Deleuze’s thought, via Difference and Repetition, and Joe Hughes’s helpful secondary source on it. In fact, the idea that the syntheses have both an empirical and transcendental aspect was news to me as recently as Wednesday. Nevertheless, I think I’m getting something of a handle on it. I proffered the hypothesis that desiring-production was transcendental yesterday during the discussion — thinking that it was — and wrote “is desiring-production transcendental?” in my notes; I’ve since uncovered what I believe is the answer in the affirmative:

“In what he termed the critical revolution, Kant intended to discover criteria immanent to understanding so as to distinguish the legitimate and illegitimate uses of the syntheses of consciousness. In the name of transcendental philosophy (immanence of criteria), he therefore denounced the transcendent use of syntheses such as appeared in metaphysics. In like fashion we are compelled to say that psychoanalysis has its metaphysics — its name is Oedipus. And that a revolution — this time materialist — can proceed only by way of a critique of Oedipus, by denouncing the illegitimate use of the syntheses of the unconscious as found in Oedipal psychoanalysis, so as to rediscover a transcendental unconscious defined by the immanence of its criteria, and a corresponding practice that we shall call schizoanalysis” (Anti-Oedipus, 75).


2 thoughts on ““Is desiring-production transcendental?”

  1. In D&G’s metaphysics, all things are a result of transcendental synthesis. Transcendence is an error of thought that presupposes certain notions or categories, thus missing the critical transcendental question on what the conditions of production are for that notion/category, and what is the potential for it to be otherwise. Transcendence therefore appears as a transcendental illusion, found in the so-called “illegitimate use” of each of the three syntheses, which allows for both transcendental syntheses and their error (transcendence) to appear in a really transcendental world.

    Desiring-production is opposed to social-production on the basis of the transcendental/transcendence — desiring-production being polymorphously perverse free libido that results in the legitimate use of the three syntheses while social-production is the connection/recording/consummation of desiring-production through a socius that presents itself as transcendent (and thus masking the mutating flow beneath it, driving it, and the real effect of it).

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